Symposium on Global Markets:

International Investment, Trade, and Security: New Legal Tools for New Challenges

- in Plano, Texas, USA

The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Online registration is closed. Please bring your completed registration form to the door.

Past Event

Credits:MCLE credit available


The constant flow of business, information, money, people, and services across borders requires lawyers to understand domestic and international legal regimes that govern or affect this activity. The legal landscape is as dynamic as the whirlwind of commercial activity underlying it.  For example, technological advances mean that what once required months of planning and information gathering and multiple face-to-face meetings can now be accomplished quickly over the computer.  Yet, transferring information over the computer may violate the privacy laws of the place where the information is received even if it does not violate the laws of the place from where it was sent.  The challenge of securing data against hackers further complicates the situation..  

Or, money can be transferred through the click of a button.  With money comes power, which can be used to support nefarious activities.  Regulating financial flow by way of sanctions and anti-money laundering laws has helped stem the flow of funds to terrorists and drug-dealers but is it enough?  Has the system become so unwieldy and complicated that appropriate use of funds is stymied?

While the internet has facilitated commerce, the vast opening of borders through trade and investment agreements that has meant long-term and substantive changes in allocation of resources.  Products manufactured cheaply in one country can readily find their way to foreign markets due to the development of road, train, and port infrastructure and enhanced means of entry at the border.   The regime of intellectual property (IP) laws is key to facilitating trade, yet recent challenges around the world raise questions about its legitimacy.   Are we at the beginning of the demise of IP, or is the system simply undergoing a natural progression of reform? 

Resource rich countries are able, if they like, to attract capital, skilled people, and physical tools from nearly anywhere in the world to develop energy and water supplies as well as minerals.  Do these agreements merely reaffirm dependence on non-renewables or are there ways to promote the development of alternative sources?  Will future agreements be able to fulfill their promises of improving welfare?  And as to disputes under these agreements, is it time to rethink the role of arbitration?

In addition to being shaped by a constantly changing business environment, the legal system is complex and imperfect.   Domestic laws could conflict; attempts to try to coordinate among principal actors could leave gaps.

The 2016 Symposium examines these and other issues from a practical business perspective.

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Conference Co-Chairs

  • Jack Coe, Faculty Director, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
  • Prof. Susan Karamanian, Associate Dean for International & Comparative Legal Studies, George Washington University Law School
  • Moira Huggard-Caine, TozziniFreire Advogados, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Dick Thurston, Former General Counsel, Taiwan Semiconductor

Schedule and Faculty

Monday, June 13 

9:00 am

Program Overview

9:15 am

Panel 1 - Regulating and Protecting Information Across Borders

  • Adnan Amjad, Partner, Deloitte Advisory, Houston, Texas
  • Mark Michels, Director, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, San Jose, California
  • Buck Revell, Former FBI Deputy Director, President, Revell Group International, Inc., Rowlett, Texas
  • Richard L. Thurston, Former General Counsel, Taiwan Semiconductor

10:30 am


10:45 am

Panel 2 - The Science and Art of Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs

Given the potential value of an effective compliance program, and the government's escalating expectations about what compliance programs should achieve, what steps can a company take to make a good, acceptable program truly effective? Specifically,

  • What kind of "tone at the top" is credible and changes behavior?
  • What incentives and disincentives can meaningfully enhance a program?
  • What types of training can convincingly embed the compliance message?
  • Of the countless shapes and sizes of "due diligence," which are the most reliable and effective?
  • How do you do a really good assessment of the risks your company faces?
  • What are reliable metrics for whether your company has a "culture of compliance"?
  • In creating a culture of compliance, are there some actions that are worth a thousand words?
  • Is a predisposition to voluntary disclosure an element of an effective compliance program?
  • Kwesi A. Baiden, Chief Compliance Officer, Ensco, Houston, Texas
  • Donna Epps, Partner, Regulatory, Forensics and Compliance, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, Dallas, Texas
  • Homer Moyer, Miller & Chevalier Chartered, Washington, D.C.
  • Dana Nahlen, Legal Executive, FIS, Dallas, Texas

12:15 pm

Hosted Luncheon

2:00 pm

Panel 3 - Whither IP?

This panel which will look at the protection of innovation globally. The principal focus will be on intellectual property protective measures, most specially trade secret elements now that the US Federal Trade secret Law is about to become a reality. Additionally, the panel will go beyond traditional IP to look at the intersection of traditional IP and the tools of the digital age, such as cybersecurity. While the focus will be on the US environment, we will also address what is being done to protect innovation in China, the EU, and elsewhere. Simply stated, how can companies best protect their proprietary innovative assets in this digital age?

  • Allen Lineberry, Siemens PLM Software, Plano, Texas
  • Clyde Siebman, Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP, Sherman, Texas
  • Richard L. Thurston, Former General counsel, Taiwan Semiconductor 

3:30 pm


3:45 pm

Panel 4 - Energy

  • Franco Gianni, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners, Rome, Italy
  • Moira Huggard-Caine, TozziniFreire Advogados, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Harry Sullivan, International Energy Attorney, Kosmos Energy, Dallas, Texas

5:00 pm


Tuesday, June 14

9:00 am

Panel 5 - Outsourcing the Judiciary: Arbitration and More

  • Marie Chedid, Baker & McKenzie, San Francisco, California
  • Jack Coe, Faculty Director, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
  • Jeffery Commission, Senior Counsel, Vannin Capital PCC, Washington, D.C.
  • Ben Love, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, New York, New York
  • Kathleen Paisley, Partner, Ambos NBGO Lawfirm, Brussels, Belgium

10:15 am


10:30 am

Panel 6 - A conversation about Trade and Investment

  • Melida Hodgson, Foley Hoag LLP, New York, New York
  • Mark Kantor, Independent Arbitrator, Washington, D.C.
  • Matthew Kronby, Bennett Jones LLP, Toronto, Canada 
  • Jennifer Thornton, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, Office of Deputy United States Trade Representative, Washington, D.C.

11:45 am

A Word From the Academy - Ideas from around the World

  • Andreas Lohbeck, CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Javier Robalino, Ferrerre, Quito, Ecuador

12:15 pm


Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending SWIICL – Symposium on Global Markets, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $175 plus applicable fees/taxes for 6/12/2016-6/15/2016.

Please make your reservations by 5/30/2016. As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Booking Instructions

Book online

Or Call Marriott Reservations directly at 1-800-228-9290 and mention the "Center for American & International Law" to receive your group rate.

Dates available: 6/12/2016-6/15/2016

  • A valid credit card is required to make reservations.

CLE Credit

MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 8 hours, no ethics. Course ID Number: 901352951. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, IEL will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

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